2017 Week 17: Weekend Malling and Shopping

April 17-23, 2017

It was my brother’s birthday yesterday. Belated happy birthday kapatid!

Work has been generally peaceful, or so I thought. The storm came on Sunday, which did not allow us to sleep the whole night. Come Monday, bangag what else. KJ talaga. We can’t afford NOT to fix it because it affects Payroll. Soooo…..puyat kung puyat.

Pero nakakapraning because a friend’s ex- officemate collapsed last Friday in their office. She was brought to the hospital but she did not survive. The reason? They were so stressed the passed weeks because of an event. They were required to render extended work hours and report the next day on their usual work hours. Puyat + pagod + maybe other health issues = stressed much. And then here we were on Sunday….So guys and myself, wag abusuhin ang katawan kahit feeling natin kaya natin. Better be safe than sorry.

Anyway, weekend.

I went out on Saturday to apply for a PLDT myDSL subscription. I was thinking of not getting one anymore after my previous internet provider conked out due to obstruction in the area but I think I still need to have a connection at home. While I can use my phone, it’s still unstable and if work calls, I don’t want to rush to the office just to have stable connection. So there, hopefully, my application will be approved.

I met up with my friend because she wants to chill after learning what happened to her officemate. Actually, she came from the funeral parlor before we met and she wanted to shake off some bad vibes. We went to Chilli’s for some nachos, soup, salad and unlimited margarita.

On Sunday, I went to mass early and then proceeded to Baclaran after to get some goodies to be sold by my sister-in-law. I wasn’t able to buy briefs. Wala akong makitang maganda. Di ko na mahanap si nanay na pinagbilhan ko months ago.

I went to Megamall after to look for office blouses. Unfortunately, some of my blouses need to retire because while they are still usable, most of them are already showing wear and tear. Mga 3-5 years old na rin kasi mostly. Luckily, those that I found were on 20% discount.

I met with my friend again and we went to S&R this time. It was the last day of my membership yesterday and I wanted to buy the Ariel 3KG and Muesli before my card expires as I don’t have plans of renewing it this year hehehehe. Di ko kasi nasusulit naman at nakakatempt lang gumastos.

Then ayun nga, Sunday to sawa, work work work work work para sa ekonomiya. Pak!

Btw, sino excited na sa additional April 28 holiday?! Syempre isa ako don dahil more days to sepnd in Baguio again at magbutingting ng kung ano sa bahay.

Have a great week ahead.

Bow.

Clam chowder. This was sooo good. I’ll try to make one at home hehehehe. Masarap ang mga soup lalo na sa Baguio.

Salad – greens with chicken, potato strings and cheese.

Unlimited margarita. Cheers!

Hike to Mt. Cabuyao

My first mountain for the year, yehey! 1 down, 5 to go hehehe.

Anyway…

We were finally able to hike to Mt. Cabuyao last Saturday, April 15, 2017. The last time I went there was I think in 2011 or 2012. It was also a hike with a friend and 2 of my nieces.

Cast: me, my 7 year old niece, my 13 year old niece

I think the radar station is 5-6 kilometers starting from the police outpost in KM. 8.So that’s doable in 1.5-2 hours depending on your pace.

Total hours of hour hike: 4 hours up until Cafe in the Sky only. It’s still about 5-15 minutes away from the radar station, depending on your pace. Why? Because the bulinggit keeps on saying “tita, innana” (tita, rest) every 3-5 minutes! Hehehe. Plus picture taking and lots of trying to identify Baguio landmarks while we were going up hehehe.

The path is a long and winding concrete road which is always ascending but not too steep.

We started our hike from home at 6:30 AM. So even if she requested for many stops, there was really ample time until we reach the top.

Funny things along the way.

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While the wind was blowing stronger than usual:

Joyce: Wooooo itayab dak kuma idiay Cabuyao! (Woooo sana ilipad na ako sa Cabuyao!

Hehehe.

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Someone farted. Joyce punched the ass of the one who farted. She farted again, louder this time. Hahaha! Buti na lang walang ibang tao hehehehe.

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We saw a goat. The goat said mehehehehe. I teased my niece by saying rhhiiieeeemmhhaaarieeeee to the tune of the goat’s sound hehehee. I caught her trying to imitate it with my name. I told her mas bagay sa name nya. Malapit-lapit nang mapikon. Hahahaha!

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Finally, after 4 hours, we reached Cafe in the Sky. We tried their smoothies but unfortunately, our orders did not leave a lasting impression hehehe. But that is fine, because were were there for the experience.

On our way up, our cousin who co-owns PICMAR Heritage Lodge and Camping Grounds passed us by. She later on called to tell me to drop by PICMAR for a visit since my other cousin was there even if they went out. And that they will be returning after a few errands so they may still catch us there.

So from Cafe in the Sky, we proceeded to PICMAR which was a kilometer away. More lakad hehehe. We stayed there for about an hour.

We took the PUJ going down because that was already 1 PM and we were also going to attend a cousin’s despidida party at lunch time.

Joyce did not want to take the jeep. She wanted to walk daw. She is faster daw when going down. But it was already late, I was already tired, and I also want to go to my cousin’s place earlier so that there is more time to mingle with other cousins hehehe.

We got down at KM. 8 and then we walked the rest of the way home.

Pictures!

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Laser beam

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Down below is Marcos Highway

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She was really tired 😀

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Baguio as viewed from the top. Loakan Airport on the right.

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By the boulder – teenager

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By the boulder – kulit bulilit. Pagod sya pero nakukuha pa ring magpose basta picture taking hehehe

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Pechay Baguio not yet ready for harvest. So green!

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Cafe in the Sky

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A shot of the radar station from Cafe in the Sky

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Our orders – smoothies and nachos with cheese

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Radar station, back view

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Somewhere down below was Sitio La Presa. We did not go there.

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PICMAR Heritage Lodge and Camping Grounds

NOTE: Most tourists in cars are not allowed to go up the mountain because it is a forest reserve.

2017 Week 13: Birthday Celebrations | Realization | Family Bonding

March 20-26, 2017

Work

I’m not sure if there were other issues reported since I left the office last March 22. I’m not checking until now. I just asked some of my teammates to do this and that shoud issues arise. I was touched because they asked me to just enjoy my birthday leave and they’ll take care of everything while I was gone.

Thank you, teammates. Malay nyo paggising ko bukas, feeling generous na ako at bibigay na ako sa ice cream na hinihiling nyo hahahaha!

Weekend

My “weekend” started last March 23. Thank you, boss for approving my request. I was supposed to work from home on March 24 because of the newly deployed system. But upon learning that there were no issues since I left, I requested my boss to just extend my leave on the 24th. Thanks again, boss!

I have a separate post here for our birthday celebration just because.

On Friday, I brought my niece with me on my errands. She did not have classes so she was free to join me. Her teenager sister had their last day of exams last Friday so she cannot join us.

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Kulitan with the kulit

On Friday night, I told my niece that we can go out on Saturday morning to buy ingredients so that she can bake something that she knows. Ano ang sagot sa akin ng teenager? Ayaw daw nya at di nya feel mag-bake kinabukasan. Naloka ang titang naninibago sa teenager niece hahaha.

But since I still wanted to bond with her kasi teenager na nga and I want to get to know her teenage self, I still asked if she would like to go out on Saturday. Mas gusto daw nya yun. Since this day was for her, I asked her what she wanted to do. Food trip daw. Hanep na yan. May nalalaman na silang food trip ngayon.

So food trip it is on Saturday, but not before she completed her chores at home in the morning. We were able to eat/buy and eat at home 5 out of 8 in the list.

Look at the list! I asked her to be more specific where to eat those kaya ganyan kadetalye hahaha. Wrong spelling lang si siomai :p.

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Ang mahiwagang food trip list 😀 😀 😀

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First stop at Jack’s restaurant for fried chicken and lumpiang shanghai.

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Next stop was at McDonald’s for caramel sundae.

Syempre ang bunsong sutil, di talaga yan magpapatalo sa ate. We asked her to just stay home on Saturday kasi nga naisama ko na sya ng Friday. Aba hindi daw kasi wala naman daw syang nakain sa mga nasa list nung Friday. Iba raw kinain nya. At mas nauna pang maligo at magbihis kesa sa aming dapat lalabas hahaha!

Pero how can tita say no? I’m taking advantage of every opportunity kasing clingy pa sila sa akin because I’m sure darating ang time na di na sila sasama sa akin hahaha!

But actually, the original plan for Saturday was for us to hike Mt. Cabuyao. However, someone died in our barangay and as per practice, we cannot just pass by their home anytime, especially that the burial was last Saturday afternoon. As in, pag dumaan kami don pag uuwi na, we have to make sure that at least na tapos na ang libing. So wag na lang muna. Maybe we can do that on Holy Week instead.

Sunday was lunch with siblings at Good Taste. Ang dami ata namin na-order at medyo malaki ang bill ko. Pero sa dami ng inorder namin, mura pa rin yun sa lagay na yun hahaha. It is always noisy when my nieces and nephew are together but it’s a happy noise so I can tolerate that hahaha.

My childhood friend who now lives in another municipality in Benguet was in Baguio with her son so we met up at church and I asked her to join us for lunch for more chika time hehehehe.

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Baby B! Medyo big boy na.

About my realization…the moment I arrived home on Thursday, I felt something that I have been waiting to feel comfortable about for the longest time. I guess it means I’m now ready if ever it happens. We’ll see how it turns out this year.

Ok, I think that is everything for last week.

2017 Week 12: Work Updates | Birthdays | Movie and Shopping

March 13-19, 2017

Today is March 20. Happy birthday in heaven, Daddy! Missing you and Mama always.

I received another news from my niece last week but that will be for another post.

Work

While it was not a seamless implementation because there were some things that we missed, we were able to fix what needs to be fixed. And it has been so quiet since after we sent out that advise that the system is already accessible. While I’d like to rejoice, I’m also panicking a little because I know that people will again do what they are supposed to do close to the deadline and that’s where questions will come in. And that deadline is this Thursday, on my birthday, where I so wanted to take a leave. The least I could do is to request their directors to upload and verify as early as they can.

On the other side of things, at least I’m now on a new project.

Weekend

A friend and I watched Beauty and the Beast! What a fantastic movie. Emma Watson is all grown-up and I must say, she’s a brilliant actress. And I didn’t know she can sing! I’m a little sad for the beast/prince because he has a little exposure as the good-looking prince hehehehe.

Since the birthday is fast approaching, we went to Dohtonbori Greenhills after for an early dinner. I saw their version of 4 cheese pizza in my FB feed last October 2016 and I wanted to try it since then and I finally had that chance last weekend.

We tried 4 dishes: Beef gyudon, Umigo okonomiyaki, Quatro Formaggi, and Mixed monjayaki. Everything was so flavorful and yummy!

Since I booked for a table reservation via the Booky mobile app around 3 hours prior, and since our bill reached Php 1,000.00, we were entitled to a Php 100 discount. A discount is still a discount!  😉

We went back to Megamall to look for some sweets. We were looking for ice cream when we saw Magnum and Magnum it is. I can’t remember the last time I ate this but it’s been more than a year for sure. And I’m good not to taste it again for years after last Sunday hehehe.

I checked out some office blouses and I was able to buy 2 out of the many that I tried. The blouses were also at 10% off so again, a discount is still a discount hehe. I need to replace some of the blouses I own because of obvious wear and tear…

I went home after to catch the Sunday shows until the wee hours of the morning. Bad habit on a Sunday given that Monday is a workday. Also, I saw some items in O Shopping that I wanted – the ilo multi cooker set and the Pasabahce dinnerware. Not good for my wallet. Today, I tried searching for reviews of the products but I cannot find one so my interest is slowly diminishing hahaha. Good! But I still want the multi cooker set hehehehe.

Anyway, pictures.

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By the entrance

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Some wall decors

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This is Umigo, the Five Seafood Okonomiyaki. I forgot to take a picture right after it was cooked. Cooking time took about 15 minutes.

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This is Quatro Formaggi, their version of 4-cheese pizza with pancake as the base. This is oh so yummy!

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Mixed monja. According to the server, this is usually used as a side dish when drinking and best taken if toasted. It’s a mix of vegetables and some seafood and we ate it straight from the pan.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 6: Celebrations with Friends

January 30 – February 5, 2017

Weekend

My weekend was hectic and even if I was not feeling well, I went to all my appointments hehehe.

Speaking of being sick muna, I’m not sure why. The only valid cause I can think of was that I slept late but also woke up late so that was still 6-7 hours of sleep. Or maybe I caught a virus from someone. Or sadyang ganito talaga pag tumatanda na. Tsk tsk tsk. Hmp!

Anyway, going back.

I met with 2 of my babies (former office mates) for lunch on Saturday. One already has a baby, the other one recently got married (but hubby is in the US, hence still has free time hehe), but we wanted to meet up so…We went to Chili’s because this was the only place without a line at lunch time hehe. Gusto lang talaga namin magchismisan kahit ilang oras lang.

In the evening, I met with another group of friends because it was time to watch Wicked! We booked our tickets last July 2016 and we were all surprised last week when one realized that our schedule was last Saturday hehehe.

The show was great! But I need to watch Wizzard of Oz. To be honest, I don’t have any idea about Wicked prior the show. Basta ang alam ko lang, musical sya hehehe. So review ako pabaliktad hehehehe.

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Waiting for the play to start

After the show, we all headed home. Buti na lang wala nang nagyaya pa ng gimik. I just packed my things because I went home to Baguio for some errands too hehehe. Di na nga lang ako nakauwi sa bahay. Sa bus terminal na rin ako nagfreshen up. I just met up with my brother at the terminal to hand him the Baclaran goodies. I met up with my other brother in church to hand him the cash he needs for our project. Tipong hello, goodbye kasi bigla akong tinawag dahil nagstart na ang binyag hehehe.

Yes, it was my childhood friend’s son’s baptism at ginawa akong official ninang na lang in exchange of the one who wasn’t able to attend dahil sa Pampanga pa manggagaling. He is my nth inaanak. Di ko na sure pang-ilan sya. Di naman sobrang dami pero more than 10 na rin ata hahaha.

The reception was at a restaurant on top of Pugis, La Trinidad. Nauuso na rin sa amin ito. Dati kasi, luto sa bahay. Pero I think mas ok na rin ito. No hassle to prepare food. Walang mapapagod. Wala ring mag-ooverstay sa bahay hehehehe.

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Sorry baby. Ninang is afraid to hold you for long because you might cry hehehe.

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Yes, baby? Why the brooding look?

The BF and I had the chance to go out for dinner before I went back to Manila.

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Ok. Ganito kasi yun. Reklamo sya ng reklamo tuwing pinapakuha ko ng picture kasi nakakahiya daw pero pag hawak na nya ang camera, trigger happy naman. Ako na yung nagpapahinto sa kanya. Hmp! Arti :p

Kuracha. Tiring but all worth it.

Effort din talaga ang friendships. Like any relationship, we also have to work on it to nurture it, especially if these are friends to keep for life.

Discovery/ies

My boss gave me this. Giveaway daw nung namakyaw sya sa baby sale. Typical sweet corn chips. Ang weird lang ng feeling na for moms-to-be sya eh hindi pa naman ako yun hahahaha. I-share ko na rin lang in case may buntis na napadpad dito hehehe.

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Nutritious snack for moms-to-be.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2017 Week 5: A Quick Visit to Cavite

January 23-29, 2017

Weekend

Saturday was spent mostly at home and a few hours at the mall.I was looking for nude shoes but nothing caught my attention. However, I tried checking out the items on sale at Kickers and was able to score one that I like that’s discounted for 50% so I just paid Php 1,420.00. I know Kickers is expensive so I don’t normally check out this brand. But it’s good to know that they can give discounts as high as 50% because there is another pair that I tried but it’s more expensive so I did not buy it. Maybe some other time if I get lucky.

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New shoes which I hope will last me for years. I have high expectations for this brand given that their normal prices are expensive.

On Sunday, a friend and I went to Cavite to attend our other friend’s son’s baptism. It was held the Holy Family Church at Lancaster New City. If I remember correctly, this was the location of the reality show “I Do” some years back.

Anyway, we got lost because we boarded the wrong bus at the South terminal plus the conductor forgot that the driver should drop us off somewhere along the way so that we can ride the correct bus. We had to go back via a mini bus (the conductor called it baby bus hehe). We eventually found the place.

However, because of the several transfers and the expensive tricycle fare goint to the chapel, we realized that it would have been better if we just took Uber.

The reception was at Kinamot Restaurant that’s also in Lancaster. We feasted on at least 5 Pinoy dishes. Busog lusog to the max. I liked the ambiance because it’s a picnic by the nipa huts.

We left right after lunch. This time, we tried Uber because all buses were full. Luckily, there was one available. While it’s more expensive, at least we were back in Manila by 3 PM.

We got off at MRT Taft and proceeded right away to Baclaran to buy some goodies.

We went home after for that much needed rest before another work week.

Firsts

First time to ride  the famous mini bus in Cavite.

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First time in Lancaster New City.

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The Holy Family church. The cross is made up of clear glass so that’s natural light coming in.

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Kinamot Restaurant which is along the road going to Lancaster New City.

Discoveries
Healthy You Trail Mix

My search for a trail mix go years back when I was still so into hiking.

I cannot find any until recently at S&R. However, I did not like the one I bought.

Last week, I chanced upon Healthy You Trail Mix so I bought one to try.

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I like this better because the nuts are unsalted hence, you won’t easily go thirsty. Plus I think it’s cheap at Php 180.75 for 450g. That’s less than Php 400.00 for close to 1 kl which is still cheaper than when you create your own trail mix.

It’s exclusively packed for Robinson’s Supermarket but I hope it will also become available on other supermarkets.

The end.

Have a great week ahead, or at least what’s left of this week hehe.

2017 Week 2: Back to the Daily Grind

January 2-8, 2017

Ok, so the holidays are over and so we’re back to the daily grind.

I traveled back to Manila on January 2. Thank you, Lord for a safe trip that night.

Work was just picking up from what we all left when most of us went for that much needed break on the last week of December.

I met with my friend’s family on January 3. They are based in SG now and are here for a visit. We ate at Gangnam Wings at SM Megamall. The store is located at the strip, Mega A side. It specializes on Korean fried chicken.

Our orders:

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Fried chicken. I liked the chicken. It’s crispy but not too oily.

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Spicy seafood noodle but we requested a less spicy version.

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Watermelon with soju. This was refreshing. Good thing they did not mix the soju so we had control on the amount of alcohol to add to the watermelon hehe.

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Rock melon bingsu. Fresh fruit and ice cream. Winner!

Weekend

My friend and I met up on Saturday to catch up on some of the MMFF movies. We watched Die Beautiful, Vince & Kath & James and Sunday Beauty Queen.

Paulo Ballesteros (Die Beautiful) would have been beautiful if he was a woman hehehe.

Vince & Kath & James was really for teens hahaha! It was also ok though. We enjoyed laughing at the crowd’s reactions. There were 2 groups who were quite loud. One is obviously rooting for Vince and the other one for James. While it can get irritating at times, we just had fun laughing at them because their reactions to some of the scenes can really be hilarious hehehe.

The most touching movie for me was Sunday Beauty Queen. This is a documentary about OFWs in Hong Kong. I have seen again that life is not really fair and it gets tough and tougher for some of us. Hence, we should always be thankful for all of our blessings, no matter how small these are.

I went to mass on Sunday and then to the mall as I need to replace some blouses and I was hoping to score some from the end of season sale. Mission accomplished as I was able to buy 3 blouses, which was my goal.

Next stop was the grocery for some supplies before going home.

The end.

Have a great week ahead.

2016 Week 52 Recap: Merry Christmas!

December 19-25, 2016

Week 52…because next week is already 2017…say that again?! It really is already 2017 next Sunday. Ok.

Anyway…

Work

I only had to report for work on Tuesday and Friday, and was allowed to work from home. Thanks, boss. The rest of the days, I was on offset.

Monday, December 19

Last Monday, I went to Baclaran to buy some stuff. I went there straight, after attending the dawn mass. There were already a lot of people but some shops are still closed while most open shops were still unloading their items for sale. I went to Jollibee then for breakfast first. But when I was there, I saw many people already with big plastic bags filled with goods. How did they do that? Maybe, they already know where to get their stuff. As for me, I still need to canvas.

There was one new mall that sells everything wholesale. Good for reselling. It’s mostly infants’ and children’s clothes. There were also some stalls in the other malls selling factory overruns.

I was able to buy some of the items I was looking for. Not much but a good start.

From Baclaran, I went to Landmark Makati to buy some small containers as I don’t want to bring all the big bottles of my kikay kit all the way to Baguio but I don’t want to leave them either hehehe.

Thursday, December 22

On Thursday AM, I am already on my way to Baguio. I went straight to my brother’s place to drop off the stuff I bought in Baclaran.

I went to SM Baguio after for a much needed pedicure (was not able to do this in Manila anymore hehehe). I went to Baguio Cathedral after for the evening mass.

I went to Tea House in Session for dinner. No, not Vizco’s this time. It was because my friend recommended their ube delight. And true enough, it was yummy and ok for repeat orders.

Friday, December 23

Started work in the morning and went out in the afternoon. My niece joined me this time. First stop was the bank. Good thing they still have regular office hours last Friday. From the bank, we went straight to Baguio Cathedral for the evening mass, and also the last mass for the simbang gabi.

We first went to Victory to reserve our tickets. There was a line. And my niece was hungry hehehehe. She had to wait for a while, and then walk back to SM for dinner. When asked what she liked, she said burger and fries and drinks and chicken.

We were supposed to go home after dinner but the taxi line was long so we roamed around for a while. After an hour, when we checked the line again, it was still long. This time, she asked me that we go back to the department store. Something fishy. She wants something hahaha! I asked her straight what she needed. Her straight answer? Shoes. Lagot. Hahaha! I brought her to the less expensive ones. She wants some doll shoes but we can’t find one in her size and with a good design. But then I saw a pair of rubber shoes and when I showed it to her, she liked it. Very good.

Cabs were already scarce by the time we went in line so we had to wait a long time. At one point, my niece even suggested that we walk home. Ay. We are 9 KMs away from the city. Cannot be, and it was already close to midnight. We were able to get a ride and reached home around 12:30 AM already. My niece can’t still believe that it will be morning soon when she asked the time hehehe. I think it was her first time to stay out that late hehehehehe. BI tita here  😛  😛  😛 .

Saturday, December 24

I stayed home this day. I wanted to attend the evening mass but transportation is a challenge in our place.

I taught my nieces about online banking.

I also bought a selfie stick which I practiced using for a while and then it went to my niece’s possession for the rest of the day.

At 5 PM, I suddenly decided to host dinner for us siblings. Nothing fancy. Just chicken adobo and salad. And it’s because on the 25th, we all have different plans hehehe.

Sunday, December 25

I was able to attend the last mass in the morning in our parish. The BF was invited to a Christmas lunch by one of the parishioners, and he tagged me along. This parishioner happens to be my uncle’s former colleague. They are now both retired. Small world.

It’s a regular working day for the BF (which I don’t get really since it’s Christmas…) so we stayed in his office and I waited for him until he was done, only to part ways again hehehehe.

Change in plans

We are supposed to be on our way to Manila now. However, our mother’s uncle passed away last December 23 and us kids need to take over our mother’s clan responsibilities so we cancelled our Manila trip we are going to Bugias, Benguet instead tomorrow. I’m excited for this detour but I’m dreading the very cold weather. It’s even colder there than here in Baguio.

We will resume our Manila trip on the 27th. We’ll play it by ear as to what time will that be. It depends on what time we’ll be arriving in Baguio from Buguias. If it’s too late, my cousin will just bring the kids to the terminal and we’ll go straight to Manila. Wala nang uwi-uwi  for the adults who are coming with us hehe.

Thank you, dear Lord for your unending blessings even if I am undeserving. I am forever grateful.

Merry Christmas everyone!

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Divine Mercy Church Belen 2016

Christmas 2016. Pardon the other hand. Nasa harap namin ang pulutan hehehe.

Christmas 2016. Pardon the other hand. Nasa harap namin ang pulutan hehehe.

2016 Week 51 Recap: Holidays are Just Around the Corner

December 12-18, 2016

Week 51…meaning to say, week after this week is already Week 1 of 2017 because January 1 falls on a Sunday. 2016 is almost over. For real. Parang kaka-2016 lang kahapon.

Work

There was a dinner invite from one of the bosses last December 12 but I declined because I was on offset that day. I chose bumming over free buffet and possible winnings from raffles. Akalain mo yun hehehe.

And since we were done with our team party on the first week of December pa lang, last week was a regular work week which was all about work work work hahaha. We are finalizing all enhancements requirements for one of the systems so that when we get back in January, we move on right away to development. At least there are sure things to do after the holidays, which is a good thing.

Weekend

On Saturday, I invited myself over to my friend’s place for lunch. Yes, nagvolunteer talaga akong makikain para tulungan syang ubusin ang take home lechon and leche flan from their party hehehe. At least di ba di ko na problem ang lunch ko, natulungan ko rin sya sa calories hahaha!

After lunch, we went to Shangri-la Mall again to watch Shang’s feature of the week in celebration of their 25 years. This time, it was ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra with Maestro Gerard Salonga. Syempre bilang si Gerard ito, we made sure that we were nearer the stage so 5PM pa lang, nandon na kami kahit 7PM pa yung start. Nagpapa-upo naman na kasi sila by 6PM din so tama lang that we were there early.

Ang gagling nila…at ang hirap siguro sa music industry talaga. But good to see that most of the orchestra members are the young once. Passion talaga siguro nila kaya don na sila tumanda. And let me just say, ang galing-galing din ni Gerard hehehe. As my friend said, nasa kanilang magkapatid na ata lahat ng anything music.

They also have a special guest. Timmy Pavino of The Voice Season 2, from Team Lea. Gerard said he’s one of his personal favorites. He sang 3 songs with the orchestra playing their instruments. Ang hirap siguro non. Lahat ng instruments maririnig mo at medyo iba ang arrangement sa orchestra so dapat talaga magaling kang tumiming at makinig hahaha. Hula ko lang naman.

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Maestro Gerard Salonga

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Timmy Pavino. Sing with him daw.

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Still Timmy Pavino, closer.

We had dinner at Yellow Cab dahil bukas na sya finally!

We also went to Megamall after to claim the plaque. Ayun, nakalimutan nila ang OR kaloka. So until now, di ko pa nakukuha. Maybe tomorrow.

Alam ng friend kong may Converse sale sa 5th floor so sabi namin daan kami saglit. Nung una sabi namin parang mahal pa rin kaya medyo nadiscourage kaming magcheck mabuti pero maling presyo pala yung tinitignan namin. Ayun balik halughog at syempre pa, may bitbit paglabas hehehehe. In fairness, more than 50% off naman ata yung nabili ko. Dating 3k++, nabili ko ng 1.5k na lang. Pwede na.

On Sunday, I was supposed to do another general cleaning pero ewan ko ba kung bakit tamad na tamad akong kumilos. Last mass at night na rin pinuntahan ko. Saskto, nakita ko rin yung friend ko na kapitbahay din. Ayun, dinner and kwentuhan after mass bago kami umuwi.

Pag-uwi naman, pinilit ko sarili kong labhan na ang mga nakababad. At least man lang matapos ko yun hahaha!

The end.

Enjoy the holidays!

Ako? Can’t wait to go home to my kingdom!

2016 Week 50 Recap: Parties…Oopps, Just Party

December 5-11, 2016

#latepost char! Hehehe.

Work

I forgot to mention in my previous post that we had our team building at Mt. Purro Nature Reserve in Antipolo last December 3-4. The place was big but I wasn’t able to check it out since we arrived at night. Syempre pa, naabutan kami ng traffic sa daan kasi kami ang last batch na umalis sa office. Pero sabi ng teammates ko, maganda naman daw yung place. We were 21 in the team and they were able to accommodate us. We left at around 2AM kasi si teammate-driver may susunduin sa airport kaya sumabay na rin kami sa kanya pabali, or at least yung mga sakay lang nya hehe.

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Sayings at Mt. Purro’s restaurant wall. Bet ko.

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Bet ko rin floor tiles kaya ko pinicturan.

We also had our Rewards and Recognition last December 7 at 7 Flavors. Masarap yung food nila. My first buffet for the month hehehe. We had the usual games, awards to recognize top performers (na dito ako hirap yearly kasi bukod sa deliberation, sa akin naka-toka ang printing of certificates and ordering of plaques…), chika or kalokohan awards hehe, and of course exchange gifts. The boss of the boss was able to join us so that’s good.

Last December 11 was also the company’s year end celebration but I did not attend. Bakit nga ba? Hehe. Hagardo kasi ako last weekend. But next year will be our 20th year so I’ll attend…maybe  😛 .

Weekend

I saw Factory Overruns on FB and I was interested to check it out on Saturday so hinatak ko ang friend ko para samahan ako. Medyo interested kami to buy samples pero pareho kaming walang dalang pera so bumalik kami don ng Sunday. Ayun, kaya hagardo.

Balik Saturday. We also watched the Manila Philharmonic Orchestra at Shangri-la Mall. Meron silang ganitong ganap every Saturday at 7PM which started last November 19 with Jose Mari Chan!  The Company rin last December 3! Sayang!!! Late na namin nakita yung poster. Pero this December 17, manonood uli kami. ABS-CBN Philharmonic Orchestra naman with Maestro Gerard Salonga.

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Shang’s stage area.

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Shang’s ceiling decors!

We went to Megamall after the show for dinner at Soi. Masarap food dito! At healthy healthy type pa hehe.

I looked for a rice cooker after dinner. May nagustuhan ako pero walang stock na available. Bigo. At ewan ko rin kung bakit bumigay ang rice cooker ko. 5 years old pa lang yun eh.

I also looked for a router. Sira na rin router ko. Kailangan sabay talaga with rice cooker?! I tried to reset the one I have pero ayaw so I think sira na talaga. While there were candidates, di ako maka-decide because I haven’t really researched yet kung anong maganda these days. May nirecommend ang teammate ko, however, order sa OLX eh ayaw ko na ng waiting time.

So bigo ako sa 2 items na kailangan kong bilhin. Pero eto ka. Habang pauwi ako sa apartment, nadaanan ko sa street namin ang dati kong teammate! Don pala nakatira ang fiance. Chikahan galore ng more than 2 hours…sa kalsada hahaha. Happy for him. The fiance sounds and looks and feels mabait and nice. Tapos namention ko sa kanyang naghahanap ako ng router. At at at! May gusto syang idispose na router kasi nagpalit sila ng internet service provider and may kasama nang router yung kanilang new subscription. So, syempre sa akin na pinamana ang dati nyang router! Whew, savings! While may mapagbubunutan naman ako ng pambili ng bago, hindi kasi sya para sa router talaga eh so ang hirap bunutin hehehehehe. Thanks again, my friend! I was able to successfully set it up after 10 years kasama nang pakikibaka with Smart Bro customer support!

Last Sunday pala when we went back to Factory Overruns, kumain din kami sa Wan Chai after. Meron silang promo every Sunday (not sure if my specific time range lang) ng Php 47 for some dimsums. Marami-rami naman yung mapagpipilian in fairness. Dimsum fiesta!

Uwi na after lunch kasi pumunta pa ako ng Pioneer Center to look for…rice cooker uli. Ayun, successful this time, buti na lang. Binili ko na bago pa mawala uli hehehe.

The end.

Ang gulo ko magkwento, kasing gulo ng utak ko dahil palapit na Christmas break hehehe.

Anyway, Merry Christmas!!! Sana merry and blessed ang pasko nyo!

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